Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thankful Thursday

780. I am thankful to have celebrated 13 years of wedded bliss with this awesome guy this past week. He's amazing and more than I could have ever asked or dreamed for.

781. I'm thankful for healing for my mom in a very scary time recently. Thankful that she's home and mending can continue. We have lots of fun stuff to get into the next few weeks.

782. I'm thankful for my bucket list adventure we had this weekend. It was something I've always wanted to do and we were blessed to get to go. We went to the Iron Bowl!! In case you didn't know, that's the big Alabama/Auburn game. If you can't tell from the above pic, I'm an Alabama fan. My husband is a Bama fan because that's what you do when you marry a girl from Alabama. :)

783. I'm thankful  that I actually got to see the bands. You know when you watch it on TV they don't show that part. Yes. I'm a band nerd. :) But when you spend 6 years in the band, that's what happens HAHAHA!

784. I'm thankful that in the pictures that were taken this weekend I didn't feel uncomfortable. I felt better in pics than I have in awhile. I'm thankful that THM has been such a blessing to me.

785. I'm thankful that even though I went way off plan this weekend with eating, I didn't gain. Maintained but not gain is always good when you're in the holiday season :).

786. I'm thankful that even though I'm a southern girl who loves okra, I've found a new way to get in this healing amazing veggie...

787. I'm thankful for amazing friends that stepped up and helped or offered help during this crazy time recently. We are truly blessed!

788. I'm thankful that I can use things I've learned over the past year for my back pain to hopefully ward off the potential debilitating pain that is trying to rear it's ugly head. Between a cruddy bed mattress at the hotel, standing all day Saturday, and a 12-hour car ride home, it's trying to be fussy. Thankfully God has led me to some amazing stretches and techniques over the past year to keep it at bay...

789. I'm thankful for time away with the hubster. We haven't done that in nearly 10 years or more and it was a much needed, much valued trip together. Course we both missed our kiddo but we needed the time together to do something just us. It was amazing and cherished!

So what are you thankful for this week? Count your blessings and see what God has done! Even when times look dark or scary, God's still there doing and working things out for your favor!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thankful Thursday

770. I'm thankful for an amazing time at Fusion this past weekend. We took 12 teens to this amazing youth convention and had a blast. I can't wait till my kiddo is ready to go too! It's going to be a blast.

771. I'm thankful for new exciting adventures in homeschool. We are working through this first book and Boo Bear is loving it so far! Me too :) It's quite interesting and fun to read!

772. I'm thankful for hoodies, long warm PJ pants and coffee. I know I've probably mentioned that before but it's getting cooler and cooler, (Which I love but I need my hoodie to enjoy it :))

773. I'm thankful for a normal school week. It seems like forever since we had a normal, do school everyday, work together week.

774. I'm thankful for Khan Academy in math. It's helping us get through some of our tougher sections and he's enjoying it.

775. I'm thankful that so far, so good with this normal allergy season. Boo Bear's allergy shots are working well and he's not having near as many issues as he typically does.

776. I'm thankful for my BFF. She's an amazing chic who is always there for me whenever I need her. Even sometimes when I didn't realize I needed her, she's there. Love you Heather O!

777. I'm thankful for new connections made at one conference that are leading into connections at other conferences.

778. I'm thankful for the giggles that have come since I discovered SnapChat. (Thank you Heather S.) We've had a blast giggling and making photos.

779. I'm thankful for a restful next couple of weeks to recharge, reconnect, and revamp myself.

So what are you thankful for today? Share your thoughts and be blessed!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thankful Thursday

760. I'm thankful for warm coffee on cool mornings.

761. I'm thankful for hoodies and comfy PJ pants on those same cool mornings.

762. I'm thankful for fall days where we can be creative outside without it being so uncomfortable. (Yes we might have been working on Christmas ornaments already)

763. I'm thankful that no matter who is President, no matter what the world may say that God is still King and always will be.

764. I'm thankful that God hears us when we pray. We may not always see the answer we want or when we think it should be done, but He is always listening and answers us. He has our best interest in mind!

765. I'm thankful for the Word. I'm thankful that no matter what is going on around us, we can always get the answers that we need right there.

766. I'm thankful for a new adventure creating a War Journal. (future post on that later)

767. I'm thankful for days to just hang out and be.

768. I'm thankful for the opportunity to co-lead the youth group and work with them. They push me to think harder and deeper than I've done before.

769. I'm thankful for school on the go. Even though we have busy days running sometimes, school can go with us wherever we are. (Boo Bear would disagree that this is a good thing, but ya know....)

So what are you thankful for this week? Share your thankful posts with me so we can rejoice together! Be blessed!!!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Thankful Thursday

740. I'm thankful that no matter how long it takes me, I can always get back to blogging. That's where my heart comes out. That's where my thoughts can overflow and hopefully help someone out there, if only just me.

741. I'm thankful for these two amazing women that I've been blessed to get to know. They are awesome women of God and I was honored to spend the weekend with them a few weeks ago at a women's retreat.

 742. I'm thankful that I've been blessed with an amazing man to call my husband. He gets better and better everyday and I love him more now than we first started out our journey together. Didn't understand how that could be possible but I do.

 743. I'm thankful for a Pastor that pours into our youth, kids, and adults alike. He's been an amazing blessing and encouragement to me and my entire family. He takes time to stop and listen to my 10 year old when others might pass him by. He truly wants to connect with the youth group and I'm honored to call him my friend and Pastor.

744. I'm thankful that my parents are closer now and we can see them whenever we get a hankering too. I miss my brother and sis-in-law and wish we could all be in the same state!

745. I  love this wild crazy group of people I'm blessed to work with at church. They never cease to amaze me!! When we step up and work together, nothing's beyond their talents!

746. I am thankful for another Halloween event that we could reach out to the community. Many people may not understand why I love this event and that's okay. I do this because I pray that maybe one day, someone, somewhere that came through that event will be changed.

747. I am thankful that my kiddo and I both had fun this year with our costumes. ( Yes I can be thankful for that. Sometimes those costumes are hard work)

748. I'm thankful for normalcy returning. I do love events but whew! I'm pooped!! LOL

749. I'm thankful for new opportunities God is opening up this season.

750. I'm thankful for science class and beautiful days that we can play outside.

751. I'm thankful for friendships that last through ups, downs, sideways, and frontways, and backways.

752. I'm thankful for Gingersnap cookies that are something I can eat. Like THM friendly cookies!!!

753. I'm thankful for Papa coming to the rescue when Math has us all in tears and ready to pull our hair out.

754. I'm thankful that God gives me mercy and grace even when I ran from what I knew He wanted me to do. For such a time as this...

755. I'm thankful for this wild and crazy, smart and outrageous, handsome, compassionate kid. He's more than I could have ever imagined in my son. God truly blessed my socks off when He chose me to be his mama.

756. I'm thankful that even when God gently nudges you, ( or in my case shoves) you out of your comfort box that it's so amazing things can happen. Growth takes place. Adventure awaits! Don't be afraid to get out of that box you've put yourself, and sometimes even God, in.

757. I'm thankful that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It means I can decorate for Christmas soon :). I also love that everyone seems a little kinder, a little more grateful for things that we sometimes take for granted.

758. I am glad that God is still in the miracle business!

759. I'm so thankful for Christian music on the radio. We can listen in the car, in the house, wherever we might be!

So what are you thankful for this week!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thankful Thursday

730. I'm thankful for cooler temperatures finally starting to make their arrival in the South. This means we can go outside to school!

731. I'm thankful for the fact that Hurricane Matthew stayed off land. It could have been so much worse than it was.

732. I'm thankful for my amazing computer awesome Dad who came and saved the day this past weekend when my computer TRIED to give me the BSOD.

733. I'm thankful for amazing opportunities in our small town, like seeing the traveling Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall.

734. I'm thankful that even though I've taken time from my blog, it's always here for me to come back to.

735. I'm thankful for caramel apple tea, pumpkin spice coffee, and all things fallish.

736. I'm thankful for God's amazing adventures this year. This has TRULY been a year that God has pushed me right smack out of my comfortable zone I was in.

737. I'm thankful that even when times are not great, that God always is.

738. I'm thankful that we have made some amazing connections and friends where we are.

739. I'm thankful that no matter how big my dream might seem to me, that it's nothing compared to God's big dreams. He is not scared by my dream or goals. He's got even bigger ideas in store!

What are you thankful for this week?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Homeschool Weekly(actually monthly) Update...

Hey y'all!! It's been a couple months since I had time to sit down and write up a homeschool wrap-up. It has been a crazy busy couple of months and it's just gearing up to be even more wacky and wild. However, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to blog it more and take more pictures. I want to live IN the moment but also document the moment at the same time.

So, here's a look at our 5th grade year in action, so far:

We have gone to the local science museum in August for their homeschool day. We actually ended up getting the yearly pass this time so that we can visit more this year. I want to start doing more field trips. I say that every year and every year we fall into the rut. The rut that we just try to drudge through, you know what I mean?

 We have also had an amazing opportunity to view the traveling Vietnam Veteran's Memorial wall. We were able to see the parade as it was escorted through our town, meet some helicopter pilots that flew in the war and see the wall itself.

It was quite an amazing experience that I don't know that we would have had if not for this wonderful traveling exhibit. I highly recommend you visit it if you're close to the actual one or if this one comes to your city.

We have been doing a science/math tutoring/co-op with my parents as well this year. They have moved to the area so we are able to harness their knowledge and awesomeness. You know what I mean.. It has been fun to go for once a week sessions where the kids can learn from someone other than us Mama's. It makes a difference!

In case you didn't know, we like science around here! So we are again loving our Apologia Science series this year with all the fun hands-on experiments to try out.

We are using Singapore math again this year. I feel it's easier to have the workbook on hand so that is one reason we went that route. Plus it's an awesome program!

We have been doing a book club with Mimi and the kids are all reading The Magician's Nephew. They have all been enjoying it and it's a great lesson for Boo Bear. He's learning that sometimes we read what we want and other times we do have to read items that may not be what we've personally picked out. However, they can still be fun and neat if we give them a chance!!

Our drama and science classes have kicked into full gear again as well. He loves those classes and I'm not sure what we'll do when he outgrows the science program here. Papa will have to kick his weekly co-op up a notch! ;-)

We have been working along in all our books and moving at a pretty good pace. We've hit some rough patches but that's the awesome thing about homeschooling. If we hit a snag, we don't have to just "hope" he gets it later on. We can take time working on it until he gets it to move on.

We are now gearing up for fun fall activities that we want to do, park days since the weather is finally not 1,000 degrees outside, and of course those fun carnivals and festivals that are coming up. We are currently in Halloween costume making mode and getting ready for our church's involvement in our local city's Trail of Treaters. One day I'll have to share my heart on why this event is so big to me, but that is a whole other post.

So, how is your homeschool year going along? Are you have a good one so far? Have a wonderful week this week and we'll be back soon! (I promise)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Ugly Sweater Run Announcement

Dunnellon is a beautiful  area of central Florida. It's home to the amazingly breathtaking Rainbow Springs, a small community feel, and amazing people that love their community and the individuals in it. While fall/winter temperatures don't always arrive till later than usual for the rest of the country, Christmas around here is no different! There's festivals, Christmas parades, Christmas tree lighting events AND...

The Ugly Sweater Run!!!

The Friends of Dunnellon is proud to present the third annual Ugly Sweater 5K and 1-Mile Walk on December 3, 2016. The run/walk will be held at the beautiful Dunnellon Trailhead along the Rainbow River.
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It will begin at 8:00 a.m. with participants being able to arrive at 7:00 a.m. to pick up your registration packet or sign up if you haven't made it before then. If you register before December 2nd, the registration fee is only $25.00. If you're interested in doing the 1-Mile Walk the fee is $20.00

You can register the day of the event, but the fee will increase to $30.00.

Medals will be awarded in a variety of age groups and overall medals for male and female finishers. There will be three deep per age group provided.

This is a great fun event that will be sure to draw the crowds so go ahead and register now! This is a fantastic way to get the family active and moving while supporting the local community.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over now and sign up for this fantastic event and be sure to get your registration in early!!

Click here for registration or more info on this fantastic annual event!